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three emergency declarations for connecticut, and rhode island, clearing the way for fema. let's get right to bill karins and the weather channel forecast. what's it looking like right now. >> sandy is an amazing anomaly. this storm this time of year should not be this strong this far north. at this point in the math it should not be ready to take a hook back into the northern mid atlantic states and southern new england. that's all going to happen today. we'll deal with, in some cases, devastating storm surge and the wind damage is going to be incredible with still leaves on the trees in many areas from philadelphia to the d.c. areas. there's the center of the storm. still thunderstorms around the center. it's feasting right now over the warm waters of the gulf stream. it may even intensify a little bit. amazingly the winds went up this morning to 85 miles per hour, now only a little less than 400 miles away from new york city. it will accelerate and move quickly towards the coast. the weather will go downhill in a hurry. look for landfall somewhere near atlantic city to wild booed
, get it to this table. >> reporter: today, a welcome flood of relief as national guard, fema, red cross and other agencies set up camp, bringing much-needed supplies to this hard-hit working class community. >> thank you, fema. >> reporter: 24 hours after this desperate plea on live television. >> but you need to come here and help us, we need assistance. please. >> reporter: there is now hope. >> there is a renewed hope and spirit, and that is what they needed. >> reporter: families crowded around the tables to pick up canned food and ready to eat meals, with more than 100 lining up for dry ice, others bringing clothing for their neighbors. temperatures are dropping tonight and parents here are worried about their children. the homeland security chief and fema officials today oversaw the relief effort. >> folks are going to be going door-to-door in these communities and making sure that nobody is left out. >> reporter: as one person put it, it is not charity, it is humanity. >> i'm from brooklyn, here since saturday, today is my day off, i'm here trying to help a little more because it
cried out. >> thank you, fema. >> and amazing stories of humanity's best. >> everybody's pulling together. it's incredible. >> heroism and determination, the small town mayor who refused to leave. >> i will go down with the ship. >> surveys the wreckage sandy left behind. >> you seen anything like this? >> never. never. nothing like this. nothing. >> heart breaking scenes. >> there is my kids' strollers. >> heart warming moments. coming together, coming back, sandy, rescue & recovery. >> good evening, everyone. welcome to "dateline." i'm lester holt. the winds and floodwaters may be gone, but power outages, ruined homes and impassable roads have triggered a whole new set of problems for the east coast. and new yorkers, not always known for their patience, were more rattled today by gas lines that seemed to go on forever. but today, the reason got a glimmer of hope as the relief efforts started to kick in. harry smith starts us off. >> reporter: it's been four days since hurricane sandy struck the northeast. yesterday there were screams for help in some of the worst hit areas. >>
was not disproportionate, from the wealthier. >> absolutely not, there are fema task forces assigned here and helping with the searches. >> we are in the community talking to the residents that have been affected. and we're urging everybody to register with fema. >> i never planned to leave here, i thought i would stay here. >> reporter: she didn't lose members of her family but did lose almost everything else. >> i want to go home, but there is no home, i can't go home, and it is killing me, i want to go home to my house. >> reporter: at 62 and a grandmother, she is trying to find traces of her life. >> this is the only wedding photograph of my mom. >> reporter: a moment of joy, as the water on staten island recedes amid the widespread desperation and grief. and adding to that, two children were found today, the bodies missing. they were ripped from their mother's arms during a hurricane we asked the mayor about the outrage here on staten island, waiting for his response, brian >> ann curry, for people not familiar with the city, you can see where ann is on top of 30 rockefeller plaza, and a lot of
here and we need help immediately. >> fema teams did walk through staten island neighborhoods thursday trying to make sure victims signed up for federal help. homeland security chief janet napolitano will visit there today. elsewhere, the national guard handed out water, food, and diapers last night. 17 military aircraft arrived in new york state carrying power repair trucks from california. >>> in virginia the "u.s.s. san antonio" was loaded with we leaf supplies and set off for new york and new jersey. >>> the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million so we're a million more customers have been restored from the height of the storm. >>> in connecticut, garbage is piling up on the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. >>> in new york, washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines to get on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today
. >> it was a bull's-eye of the storm. fema's not here. they're in new jersey, breezy point. they're everywhere, not an staten island. every single person on this block lost everything. do you know how many people died on this block? they're pulling goods out. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine anyone could neglect staten islanders when their stories are so harrowing. the sea water rose so fast, it was upon them in minutes. there was an off-duty police officer who rushed his family to safety in his attic and then is thought to have been electrocuted. and there was little diane could do but stand inside her living room holding her 89-year-old mother as the water rose. her mother drowned. and this afternoon, in a stoate island marsh, the discovery of the bodies of two boys dragged from their mother's arms from floodwaters. some residents fear they haven't seen the end of it. >> they're still looking for dead bodies. people held unaccounted for. this death toll is going up. but you need to come here and see it. we need help, please. >> reporter: the frustration was directed at the red cross -- >> t
force one, got back to washington and got briefings, if you will, from his fema director in the situation room. and then briefed the situation with the warning about getting away from the shoreline. but before he left the briefing room, he was asked about the election, here is what he said. >> i am not worried at this point about the impact on the election. i'm worried about the impact on families and the impact on first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. the election will take care of itself. >> reporter: while the president did cancel all of his campaign events today, mitt romney did have a couple, although he cancelled some tonight. and while in ohio, he tried to walk the line between asking for compassion, but still playing a little campaign politics. here is what he said. >> i know the people of the atlantic coast are counting on ohio and the rest of our states. but i also think the people of the entire nation are counting on ohio. because my guess is, my guess is that if ohio votes me in as president i'll be the next presi
. now fema is moving resources into the area, and the mid-atlantic region. for those of you asking if this is still hurricane season, it doesn't end until november 30th. brian? >> it is hard to watch all of that, having spent time there, ann thompson in new jersey, preparing for a rough weekend, thank you, our coverage of the storm, of course, continues through the weekend. if you're concerned about where you live, on our website there is a hurricane tracker allowing you to plug in your own zip code at nbcnightly.com. >> now we switch to the campaign coverage, 11 days to go. >>> and on top of everything else, the frantic pace as they try to finish, now they really do have to worry about the storm, heading for some of the most valuable political real estate there. peter alexander has more. from canton, ohio, where governor romney is, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you as hurricane sandy takes aim on the east coast, forecasters are not the only ones on alert, the campaign strategists are, as well. with crews defending against potentially devastating flooding
is an emergency responder for fema and he is headed into the eye of the storm. >> this is bigger than anything they ever witnessed. i have been in katrina, rita, wilma. this is a lot larger. >> you are still okay if your flight is a go? you don't mind flying? >> no. >> it's your job? >> it's what i do. >> now coast-to-coast flights are canceled at oakland and san jose international airports. >>> a grocery store just sold a super lotto ticket at best food at stockton and broadway in chinatown. it is worth $13 million. the store owner will get $60,000 for selling the winning ticket. here are the numbers. 5, 14, 36, 38, 47 and the mega number is 18. the winner has 180 days to claim that prize. >> what are you waiting for? check your wallet. >>> coming up, we have more coverage of the giants world series win still ahead. >>> i'm bob redell. we will tell you where and when you want to be out here today to see the world series champions as they come home from detroit. that story coming up. >>> die hard giants fans are waiting for the orange and black to return to at&t park. >> they are lining up to
people woke up to devastation. >> i was on the phone with fema at 2:00 a.m. to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation. >> reporter: the atlantic boardwalk once packed with tourists is filled with debris and the roller coaster is surrounded by ocean. beach communities are digging out from the dunes that once protected them. >> it will be a while cleaning up from this one. >> reporter: the lights are still out in the city that never sleeps. babies and elderly were evacuated from a new york city hospital when the back-up generator failed. tunnels, subways and streets are under water thanks to a 13 foot storm surge that pounded new york. >> make no mistake, this was a devastating storm. >> reporter: now the hard work begins, cleaning up and making sure everyone is safe. as far as the clean up is concerned, it will take months to get back to normal. reporting live in cape may, new jersey, i'm danielle leigh, back to you. >>> a tall ship crew member with ties to california. the coast guard says 42-year-old claudene christian died at the hospital after being in t
fema, the federal emergency management agency and their response to the storm. meantime, president obama probably won't be back on the campaign trail until tomorrow in colorado at the earliest. today, as you mentioned, he's visiting new jersey and getting a pat on the pack from new jersey governor chris christie who says the president has done an outstanding job so far with the recovery effort after the storm. meantime, the president will not be visiting new york city. mayor bloomberg says they have a lot to do in terms of trying to handle a presidential visit at this time. >> thanks so much. let's get back to sandy, two of the three major airports serving the new york area will start to reopen late they are morning. the super storm created a worldwide ripple effect for travelers. many of whom are still stranded overseas. let's check in with michelle kosinski who is handling those events from london. >> of course, most obviously in travel, dozens of flights are canceled today out of heathrow. yesterday there were nearly 90 flights not moving. experts are estimating some 50,000 pass
statement reaffirming the belief, also vowing that fema would have the resources it needs. one more note, there are polls out and both campaigns say they are in the lead right now. the new polls, the president is clinging to a tight lead in the crucial battlegrounds of ohio, florida, and virginia. >> all right, peter alexander in florida tonight. of course, it was all we were talking about until this storm that stretched over darn near half the country. our political director, chief white house correspondent chuck todd traveled with the president today in the skies over new jersey. he is back on the ground in atlantic city tonight and chuck it is a fair question on how everybody is going to get to vote. you take the polling close to our place here, there is sand in the streets. i can't imagine they will be ready with power back on. there is natural gas in the air, it still feels dangerous? >> reporter: right, look, they're not going to be ready, but that doesn't mean they won't put the election on. the burden is going to be on the voter in the precincts that are missing. they will go to
of accepting life without the necessities. fema is opening disaster relief centers today. they will be needed because a winter storm could be headed this way. i'm danielle leigh, nbc news. >> we will hold a special telethon for nbc. matt lauer will host the event. you can see the telethon right here on nbc bay area. that is at 8:00 tonight. >> they will have aerosmith. great cause. >>> christina loren is here. >> we had to get through the showers earlier in the week and it is cool out there as we had a cold front come through. look at how sunny it is in san francisco. we have beautiful conditions out there right now. you can see for almost ten miles. this is the live picture of the bay bridge. you can vividly see at&t park. home of our san francisco world championship giants. temperatures are comfortable. we are in the 50s with all that sunshine and all that warmth from the sun. not really bringing the numbers up just yet. 62 degrees in sunnyvale. close to 60 in san jose. temperatures are only going to climb into the 70s. however, we have a really good-looking warm up shaping up for the weeke
arrived in big form yesterday in the form of fema, red cross, and the national guard moving in with that much-needed aid after days of criticism. janet napolitano promised that there would be more aid flowing in and a lot more help. meantime, across new york's harbor to lower manhattan, the power is slowly being restored to areas that have been darkened all week since sandy's storm moved in and subway surf vis is slowly coming back online after the tunnels were flooded. and all around jersey's shore, new york's governor chris christie -- new jersey's governor chris christie is warning folks before they go back home of the devastation they may see and many of the homes they are hoping to get to may not even be there. >>> once again, here's erica. >> if you want food or gasoline in the northeast, you should be prepared to wait in line. lines that are sometimes miles long. katie is live outside a gas station. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you are going to wait and wait and wait. we are on 44th street here in manhattan. the line yesterday reached all the way down to 1
not loss of life. >> fema administrator craig fugate earlier this morning. >> we keep hearing the term perfect storm. perhaps it's overused but in this situation according to most of the forecast it could fit the bill because of a rare convergence of events that will make this next couple of days unlike any that the east coast has ever seen. windows have been boarded, store shelves cleared and residents evacuated. >> if you refuse to evacuate you're not only putting yourself at risk but also the first responders who will have to assist you. >> scenes we normally see on the gulf coast instead brought to the northeast by an unusual and potentially devastating mix of ingredients. first hurricane sandy. >> the rush to prepare for sandy is on. >> second her path. while storms moving up the coast typically drift out the sea the jet stream is forcing sandy into an almost unheard of left turn. >> we never seen this. this is unprecedented for a hurricane to take this kind of track. >> and that rare turn points sandy not only towards 60 million people but yet another storm. >> a northern storm c
, d.c. to reassure storm victims that fema and other agencies are helping as quickly as possible. and as you see here, mitt romney was in ohio, collecting cans for food for people in -- cans of food, excuse me, for people in new jersey. tomorrow the president will join republican governor chris christie for a tour of damage in new jersey. "nightly news" will continue our coverage at 5:30, in about 25 minutes from now. brian williams goes in-depth. then in prime time tonight at 10:00, a special broadcast on sandy's impact. >>> streets in downtown san francisco are back open right now after a suspicious package was found in the financial district, prompting police to bring out the bomb squad. a suitcase was found dangling from a tree near market street and the embarcadero this morning. nearby buildings were evacuated and a shelter in place was ordered for the ferry building. a bomb robot investigated and found the package to be harmless. the site of today's bomb scare is actually the start of tomorrow's ticker tape parade honoring the san francisco giants. the victory parade is exp
been outstanding in this, so the folks at fema have been excellent. >> reporter: later christie made it clear he isn't concerned about the storm's effect on election day. >> i don't care about election day. it doesn't matter a lick to me. let the politicians who are on the ballot worry about election day. it's not my problem, i'm not dealing with it at the moment. >> reporter: local officials in his state and others are worried. in new york's nassau county, loss of power may force votes to be counted by hand, delaying the results. new jersey's ocean county is considering relocating polling places. and west virginia may deploy generators to keep lights on. back in ohio, the campaigns have been ignoring the storm, instead bickering over this new romney ad. >> who will do more for the auto industry? not barack obama? obama took gm and chrysler into bankruptcy. and sold chrysler to italians who are going to build jeeps in china. >> reporter: after independent fact checkers raised questions about the ads charges, chrysler ceo issued his own statement writing, jeep production will not be m
. you want to make sure that whole process goes through smoothly. >> the fema application scam, what's that? >> well, there may be some people who say i can do the fema application for you, pay me a fee, i'll fill out all the paperwork for you. you do not need to do that, you can contact fema directly, and that's what you should do. >> a bogus charity scam. >> that's a huge one. looking at the devastation, you want to help in some way, but be very careful the charity you're donating to is legitimate. check the irs website, make sure it's something that actually is going to help the victims. and that e-mail, whether you're getting social media, sometimes getting these unsolicited pleas for help, that is a sign it may not be a legitimate -- >> this is surprising, you say identity theft tends to go up in these times? >> well, spam, a lot of spam is happening. fishing scams and all of those types of scams can come up. so a lot of people are saying look carefully at the e-mails you're getting. don't just open it because, again, pulling on the heart strings, be careful. >> bottom line, wit
the fema and red cross trucks. >> long island as well. >> but obviously the news organizations, they see the most devastating pictures but that doesn't tell the whole story at all. so everybody keep taking good care of your neighbors. one thing, i think mayor bloomberg has done a terrific job. but i do not agree with his decision this coming sunday to hold the marathon. i just wish we could have waited one week. i know they want to bring -- they want to keep going. that can-do spirit. it's important. but it's almost impossible to get around this city now, much less i don't know how 30,000 more people will get in. i don't know where they will stay. you cannot get a hotel room right now. you can't get any gas anywhere basically. and all the restaurants are completely packed because people have to go out. >> and the beautiful thing about this marathon is it goes through all the boroughs. and they were saying it wasn't going through the devastated areas, but it starts from staten island which is not getting a lot of media attention, but is a terribly devastated area. and then supposed to sna
was on the phone with fema at 2:00 a.m. this morning to answer the questions they needed answered to get that designation, and the president has been outstanding in this, and so the folks at fema craig and his folks have been excellent. >> i know you took exception with the handling of this situation by the mayor of atlantic city, lorenzo langeford. you were very upset that he didn't evacuate that city or all of that city and, instead, offered some people shelter in some city shelters, and you said he was a rogue mayor and said, "i don't have a feud with the guy, but i wish he would do his job." a little time has passed between those comments right now. the emotional level come down? do you still feel that way? >> the fact of the matter is i feel badly for the folks in atlantic city who listened to him and sheltered in atlantic city, and i guess my anger has turned to sympathy for those folks, and we're in the midst now to try to go in and cia them. daylight has come. we've got an urban search and rescue team with four boats and 21 state police personnel. we have federal urban search and
or supplies, their fury bubbling. fema has come to help. >> we asked for federal and state coordinators. >> reporter: it is simply too little, too late, the borough president says. >> the people with big salaries should be out there on the frontlines. i am disappointed. >> reporter: in hoe obama care en, the national guard is handing out critical supplies. thousands are still without power. heat, food, cash, medicine. the line outside cvs staggering. but lines are the new normal everywhere. >> i was in this line about an hour. people cutting in line. >> reporter: waiting for gas, to charge phones, or just to get around. lines are long, and patience is short. >> waiting to get on buses. >> reporter: it is a nightmare in new york city for some. despite limited subway and mass transit service up and running, it is a super slow go, and thousands have to commute by foot. >> walked across the brooklyn bridge. >> reporter: in manhattan, hundreds of thousands still in the dark, some cold and starving. >> people are dumpster diving, and what they're going after here is the food. >> reporter: it
was an extraordinary trip out there, and all the people that came up to on the street say i wonder if people at fema know how much they need them now. they have no communication no, electricity. cell phones don't work. they don't know that people out there know about their struggles. >> astonishing to see and to hear how many of them talk about that close-knit community, but as you said how much can one community be asked to bear. well, we want to head to another community that's been hard hit by this storm, atlantic city. that's where al roker is this morning. al, good morning again to you. >> good morning, savannah and matt, and right behind me, this is the boardwalk. it makes kind of an "l" turn, but as you can see there's the atlantic where the boardwalk should be. you can see the cement pilings. that's where the boardwalk resting on, so it is going to take a lot of work to get that back to where it is. work is going on, even as we speak. take a look over here. you've got front-end loaders pushing dirt and sand that's washed up to try to clear the streets out. let's show you what's going on thou
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